- Lord Paddy Ashdown
- Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni
- James Dobbins
- Louise Frechette
- Professor Yash Ghai
- Justice Richard Goldstone
- Juan E. Mendez
- Richard Monk
- John Norton Moore
- Satish Nambiar
- William Nash
- Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
- Søren Jessen-Petersen
- Dmitry Titov
- William Walker
- Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein
Lord Paddy Ashdown is currently member of the United Kingdom House of Lords. He has had a distinguished career in public service, notably serving as the United Nations High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002-2006) and as a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament in the House of Commons (1983-2001) and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (1988-99). Before entering politics Ashdown was a Royal Marine (1959-72) serving in Borneo and the Persian Gulf as well as Belfast. After leaving the Marines he joined the Foreign Office where he served in several capacities including a posting to the United Nations in Geneva and work on treaty negotiation including the Helsinki Conference on European Security. Before his appointment as High Representative, Ashdown was deeply engaged with the situation in the Balkans as an advocate for international action.
Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni is Distinguished Research Professor of Law and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University. He also serves as President of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, and Honorary President of the International Association of Penal Law. Professor Bassiouni has shared his expertise with the United Nations in many capacities including the Committee of Experts to draft the Convention on the Prevention and Suppression of Torture, the Security Council's Commission to Investigate War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia, and the Commission on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan. His work toward the creation of the International Criminal Court, as vice-chair or chairman of the Preparatory and Drafting Committees, is particularly notable and was recognized with a nomination for the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Hague Prize for International Law for his "distinguished contribution in the field of international law." Professor Bassiouni holds a LLB from the University of Cairo, a JD from Indiana University, an LL.M. from the John Marshall Law School, and a S.J.D. from George Washington University. He is the author of 27 books and numerous articles. Bassiouni has handled many international cases on extradition and international cooperation in criminal matters, and coordinated major litigation involving multiple parties, including states, on matters involving international law.
In May of 2013, Ambassador James Dobbins was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador Dobbins most recently served as director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. A senior U.S. diplomat, Dobbins has served as Special Envoy under Presidents Clinton and Bush, as well as Ambassador to the European Union, and Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs. In his role as Special Envoy, Dobbins was deeply engaged with several significant crisis management challenges including the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Somalia and interventions in Haiti and Kosovo, as well as the reconstruction of Bosnia. In 2001 he was the U.S. Representative at the Bonn Conference that negotiated the form of Afghanistan’s post-Taliban government. Since leaving government service Dobbins has researched and written extensively on the topic of post-conflict reconstruction and institution building. He holds a B.S. in International Affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Madame Louise Frechette is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she chairs a project on Nuclear energy and the challenges of global governance. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and a member of the Advisory Board to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. From 1998 to 2006, Mme. Fréchette was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first incumbent of the post, she assisted Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the full range of his responsibilities. A career diplomat with the Canadian Ministry of External Affairs (1971-1991), Frechette has held numerous postings, inlcuding Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay, and the United Nations. She also served as Canada’s Deputy Minister of National Defence (1995-98). Frechette holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Montreal, a post-graduate diploma from the College of Europe, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Professor Yash Ghai is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law and previously served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia (2005-08). An expert on constitutional law, Ghai chaired the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (2000-04) and advised on constitutional reforms in Nepal with the United Nations Development Programme. In 2007, he was selected to fill the role of Chairperson of Fiji's Constitutional Committee. Ghai has also taught at Uppsala University, and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Yale University. In addition to constitutional issues, Ghai has published research on human rights, rule of law, and inter-ethnic relations. He holds a Doctorate of Civil Law from Oxford University, London.
Justice Richard Goldstone was the first prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda (1994-96). He was also a Justice of the South African Constitutional Court (1994-2003) and a trial and appellate judge in South Africa. Justice Goldstone has served as chairman of an independent judicial commission which investigated violence during the transition from Apartheid to democracy; served a member of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil for Food Program; served on the Commission of Enquiry into the Activities of Nazism in Argentina; chaired the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo; and lead the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. Goldstone has also taught International Law and International Human Rights Law at several prominent universities and served on the board of the non-governmental organization, Physicians for Human Rights, the International Center for Transitional Justice, Human Rights Watch, and the Center for Economic and Social Rights. Justice Goldstone holds an LL.B. from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Juan E. Mendez is United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He is also President Emeritus of the International Center for Transitional Justice. A noted expert on human rights law, Mr. Mendez has served as a professor at many prominent institutions including the Georgetown University Law Center, University of Notre Dame School of Law, Washington College of Law at American University, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has also served as general counsel for Human Rights Watch and as president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He represented political prisoners in his native Argentina in claims against the government and was imprisoned and ultimately expelled from the country for his work. Mendez holds a JD from Stella Maris Catholic University and a post-graduate certificate from American University.
Richard Monk is a former international police adviser and leader specialising in police capacity- and institution-building and was formerly the Police Commissioner of the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Bosnia and in Kosovo and also Head of the Kosovo Police Service. He was invited by Kofi Annan to be a member of the high level UN Panel on Peace Operations (The Brahimi Report) and provided a comprehensive assessment of future policing requirements in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and for the EU’s follow-on mission to Bosnia. For four years, he served as the Senior Police Adviser to the Secretary General of the 55 member State Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) developing police assistance programmes in the countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans. He has advised the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on international policing matters and is a Founder Member of the Advisory Board of the Durham (University) Global Security Institute.
He was previously appointed by the United Kingdom Home Secretary to inspect on the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces in England and Wales and became responsible for giving direction on international requests for police assistance overseas. He was appointed in his own right as Police Adviser to the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus and provided advice and guidance to the UK Ministry of Defence and to the United Nations on the arrest of persons indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.
He is a former President of the FBI European Chapter of National Academy Graduates and an honorary Professor of the National Police Academy of Kyrgyzstan where the Crime Science Centre is named after him.
Professor John Norton Moore is the Walter L. Brown Professor of Law and Director of the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia. Moore taught the first course in the country on national security law and conceived and co-authored the first casebook on the subject. From 1991-93, during the Gulf War and its aftermath, Moore was the principal legal adviser to the Ambassador of Kuwait to the United States and to the Kuwait delegation to the U.N. Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission. An expert on the law of the sea, Moore was Counselor on International Law to the Department of State, and Ambassador and Deputy Special Representative of the President to the Law of the Sea Conference. As a consultant at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he directed the ABM Treaty Interpretation Project. He chaired the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security and was chairman of the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1985-91). Moore holds a B.A. from Drew University, an LL.B. from Duke University and an LL.M. from the University of Illinois.
Satish Nambiar served as the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations forces in the former Yugoslavia. He also served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff in the Indian Army, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant General. Prior to his secondment to the United Nations, Nambiar led Indian military delegations in meetings with Pakistani counterparts. He also served as Military Advisor to the High Commission of India in London (1983-87) and taught at the Defense Services Staff College. He served on the United Nations High Level Panel on “Threats, Challenges and Change”, which provided basis for the UN Secretary General's report to the 2005 World Summit. Since 2011, he is a distinguished fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Nambiar is a graduate of the Indian Military Academy and the Australian Staff College. Nambiar holds an M.A. in Defence Studies from the University of Madras.
William Nash is a retired U.S. Army General and military analyst, and is currently adjunct senior fellow for military affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was commander of the Multinational Division (North) in Bosnia during the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords. Nash subsequently served as Director of the National Democratic Institute's Global Civil-Military Relations Program, Director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action, and as the United Nations Mission in Kosovo Administrator of the city of Mitrovica. He has also held visiting positions at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Princeton University, and Georgetown University. Nash is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court having served from 1981-2006. Prior to her appointment she was elected to public office, serving as the first female Majority Leader in the United States as the Republican leader in the Arizona Senate, as well as judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Since her retirement from the Supreme Court, Justice O’Connor has been actively engaged with civic education serving as Chancellor of the College of William and Mary and a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center. She has also been a prominent advocate for judicial independence through her work with Georgetown University Law Center and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at University of Denver. O’Connor holds a B.A. and an LL.B. from Stanford University.
Søren Jessen-Petersen is currently Director of the Washington, DC office of Independent Diplomat where he leads their work on Burma. In a long career with the United Nations, he served as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo, Assistant United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and as the High Commissioner’s Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia, as well as many postings to national and regional offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1972-89. Jessen-Peterson was also Chairman of the European Union Stability Pact’s Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative and European Union Special Representative in Macedonia.
Dmitry Titov is currently United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions. An expert on security sector reform, he previously oversaw peacekeeping operations in Angola and Mozambique and was Director of the Africa Division in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. In this position he was responsible for overseeing seven peacekeeping operations and negotiating for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. Before his service with the UN, Titov worked on Security Council matters for the Russian diplomatic service. Titov is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
William Walker served as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Vice-President of the National Defense University, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He served with several international missions in the Balkans, as Special Representative of the Secretary General he headed United Nations Transitional Authority in Eastern Slavonia where he supervised efforts to reintegrate a largely Serbian population into Croatia. Subsequently, Ambassador Walker was the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Kosovo Verification Mission. On January 15, 2009, on the 10th anniversary of the Račak massacre, he was awarded the Golden medal of freedom by President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo.
His Royal Highness, Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein is Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He was also the Jordanian Ambassador to the United States and the first President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court. He was recently appointed to the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with duties commencing in September 2014. Prince Zeid served as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Protection Force for the former Yugoslavia and later as Deputy-Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he played a significant role in initiating the UN investigation of the Srebrenica massacre. He was also Advisor to the Secretary-General on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (2004-05) and chaired the committee that negotiated the elements used to define genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in the Statute of the ICC. Prince Zeid holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.